Plane from NC crashes on busy highway in Atlanta, four people killed

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ATLANTA — A small plane has crashed on a typically busy highway in Atlanta that circles the city.

Four people have been killed, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

The plane was registered to a private business in Asheville, N.C., according to the Journal-Constitution.

The Piper PA-32 landed on Interstate 285 eastbound. The plane crashed into a concrete median on one side of the highway.  The interstate  is completely shut down in both directions at Peachtree Industrial Boulevard.

The highway could be closed for hours — the traffic impact is tremendous. The medical examiner has been called to the scene.

According to WSB, the fire was extinguished, but there was very little wreckage left. The plane left from runway No. 311 at Peachtree DeKalb Airport and had problems climbing out.

Greg Byrd, of Asheville, his sons Christopher, 27, and Phillip, 25, and his Christophers’ fiance Jackie Kulzer all died in the crash. A pet also died in the wreck.

The Piper PA-32 left Asheville at about 8:14 a.m. Friday en route to Mississippi. The plane had just refueled at Atlanta’s DeKalb-Peachtree Airport at around 10 a.m. just before the crash.

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